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Team USA Finishes Olympic Speedskating Events With No Medals

Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 14
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SOCHI, Russia (AP) — The American speedskating flop is complete.

With two more defeats Friday in team pursuit, the U.S. squad sealed its first medal shutout since 1984.

The men’s team of Shani Davis, Brian Hansen and Jonathan Kuck was beaten soundly by Canada, while the women’s trio of Heather Richardson, Brittany Bowe and Jilleanne Rookard fell to the mighty Netherlands.

The Americans were hoping to salvage at least one medal out of their miserable performance in Sochi, but the men were in trouble right from the start. Kuck struggled to keep up as Davis and Hansen sprinted from the line. Davis fell off the pace in the closing laps, handing Canada a 3.52-second win.

The women fared better in the early going but faded over the last 2½ laps, losing by 3.60.


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